FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: CHIEF AUTO PARTS WINTERNATIONALS, JAN. 30-FEB. 2, POMONA, CALIF. TOP FUEL *Gary Scelzi became the first NHRA driver to win in his pro debut since K.C.
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POST-RACE NOTES: CHIEF AUTO PARTS WINTERNATIONALS,
JAN. 30-FEB. 2, POMONA, CALIF.
*Gary Scelzi became the first NHRA driver to win in his pro debut since K.C. Spurlock won the Funny Car title at this event in 1990.
*Joe Amato set an NHRA elapsed-time national record of 4.564 seconds in the Keystone Automotive Warehouse Dragster. Amato, from Old Forge, Pa., broke the record of 4.592 set by the late Blaine Johnson at the Western Auto Nationals presented by Slick 50 in July 1996 at Topeka, Kan. Amato earned $35,000 from the MBNA World Record Club.
*Shelly Anderson set an NHRA speed national record of 316.90 mph in the Parts America Dragster. Anderson, from Ontario, Calif., broke the record of 316.23 that she set at the Chief Auto Parts Nationals in October 1996 at Dallas.
*Gary Scelzi became the quickest and fastest pro rookie in NHRA history with a pass of 4.620 seconds, 314.79 mph, good for the No. 1 qualifying spot in the Team Winston Dragster.
*The semifinal round between Joe Amato and Kenny Bernstein was the quickest race in NHRA history. Amato won at 4.587 seconds in the Keystone Automotive Warehouse Dragster; Bernstein finished at 4.617 in the Budweiser King Dragster.
*All eight drivers in the quarterfinals recorded passes of 4.699 seconds or quicker, a first in NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series competition.
*Tony Pedregon switched from a Pontiac Firebird to a Ford Mustang body at this event. His teammate and car owner, event champion John Force, will continue to race in a Pontiac Firebird. Both drivers are sponsored by Castrol GTX.
*Warren Johnson set an NHRA elapsed-time national record of 6.927 seconds in the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Firebird. Johnson, from Duluth, Ga., broke the record of 6.947 set by Jim Yates at the Pioneer Electronics Keystone Nationals in September 1996 at Reading, Pa. Johnson earned $12,500 from the MBNA World Record Club.
*Troy Coughlin became the 11th member of the NHRA Holley 6-Second Pro Stock Club with a pass of 6.972 seconds in the Jeg's Performance Pontiac Firebird. Coughlin, from Columbus, Ohio, earned $1,000 from Holley.
*The top five drivers in qualifying each recorded a six-second pass, a first in NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series competition. No more than two drivers ever recorded six-second passes during qualifying before this race. -30-